Honey Creek Resort State Park

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When you want the resort experience, but don't want to limit yourself to only one way to stay, keep your RV adventure going with this sure favorite. Honey Creek Resort is the perfect place to park, with amenities, events, and fun-filled activities that will keep you coming back for years to come. This is a family-friendly environment, packed with all sorts of recreation to keep the kids engaged. However, it's not just the kids that are welcome to all the fun. From putting around the Resort's golf course to slipping down the indoor water park's slide, and just about everything in between, this place has it all.

The Lodge here may get a lot of hype, but it's the spectacular views from the RV Park Campground that help solidify this choice of stay. It's good to get reservations in early, as this place packs in quite quickly. This ultimate vacation destination is a place to discover more and really take in what Iowa has to show. The natural landscape and stunning lake views make for a spectacular way to start, and end, the day.

Miles of multi-use trails for hiking and biking, canoes and kayaks for rent, sledding, year-round indoor water park fun... No matter the season, there's a whole list of recreation for guests to dive into. Time to get parked and get started on the day's fun.

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Transportation in Honey Creek Resort State Park


The ride into Honey Creek Resort is the first pleasant piece of this trip. The roads are nicely paved and signage is easy to read and navigate. As guests head in toward the area's lodging, the golf course and other well-maintained areas of the park are on display. It's a sure way to get excited about all the fun to come.


With so many lodging choices and a whole list of fun things to do, you can be sure this place has amped up parking to suit the number of visitors seen here. Most end up in the area Lodge and cabins, as they are popular places to spend a few nights. However, campers, trailers, and RVs will find pull-through sites and ample spacing for their own way to stay.

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Campgrounds and parking in Honey Creek Resort State Park

Campsites in Honey Creek Resort State Park

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Over 20 lakeside RV and trailer campsites are available for a place to park at the Resort. Here, it's not about how you stay, but that you get to have fun doing it. Sites are open with no trees, shrubs, or shade. All sites are pull-though and will accommodate larger sized rigs. Guest can also pull up and find full hookups available.

While walk-ins may be available, it is advised to go with a reservation for this one. The resort gets quite busy during the summer, and yet, the crowds don't always dwindle down with the heat. This place provides fun all year round, which means you'll want to make sure you secure your spot no matter the season.

The scenic surroundings here provide the best of both worlds. On one hand, there is the sheer beauty and captivating awe of the outdoors. The other is the ease of access to this Resort's many facilities and extravagant amenities. Here, guests can get out for a long hike or bike ride and really soak up the outdoors, and then wind down the day inside at the area's indoor water park. (Guests staying in the RV Park Campground receive four complimentary Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park wristbands.)

Those aren't the only perks, though. Guests staying at the Resort's RV Park Camp have access to all resort amenities, including the Business Center, Fitness Center, Laundry Facility, and more. The Resort hosts a ton of activities to help keep the family busy as well, and a trip to the Nature Center is always a sure delight.

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Honey Creek State Park

With so many ways to stay, you are sure to find your perfect getaway at the Resort. However, if you find yourself in the midst of a very beautiful, busy season and can't grab a spot... don't fret. Just a short drive away, Honey Creek State Park has a place for you with dozens of RV sites offering electric and full hookups.

The Lodge, Cottages, and More

At Honey Creek Resort, many guests come to stay within The Lodge on Rathbun Lake. The Lodge features over 100 rooms that provide a real resort experience. Outside of the Lodge, many other guests choose to stay, instead, in the Resort's luxury cottages. There are 28 to choose from, and each are perfectly situated between the golf course and Rathbun Lake. Complete access to amenities is provided to guests of The Lodge and luxury cottages, meaning use of the Business Center, restaurant, Fitness Center, laundry facility, indoor water park, and more.

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The Preserve on Rathbun Lake is another piece of Honey Creek Resort that definitely sets this place apart from the rest. Guests can easily make it around this 18-hole course and are encouraged to take advantage of all packages and deals provided for those staying overnight at the Resort. This championship course is open to all appropriate ages and skill levels, and even offers lessons and club fittings. The scenic course is a lovely setting for an exceptional golfing experience like none other.

Family Field Packs

While not just for families, these packs are a fun, almost effortless way to get a group together, get out, and really enjoy nature. A variety of topics are covered and excursions will be dependent on which pack is chosen. Each pack comes with instructions for the activity and all necessary equipment. It's best to get in your reservations for these packs quickly, as there are only a limited number. Pack options include: the Birding Pack, Invertebrate Investigation Pack, GPS Field Pack, and the Track Pack. These packs are definitely a fun way to learn new skills and get involved at the Resort.

Interpretive Programs

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the summer seasons dish out another opportunity for guests to really get involved at the Resort. Weekly themes of outdoor recreation, learning opportunities, and skill-building are available as Interpretive Programs held by Honey Creek Resort's professional staff. Certain programs will have limited space (and may have age restrictions), so be sure to read into all details before signing up. Sign-up sheets are provided in the Lodge Lobby one day prior to the class.


A great way to get around and explore the richness of this resort is by bike. It's okay if you haven't packed up your own for this trip, as Honey Creek Resort offers its guests access to bicycle rentals. The entire resort is considered "bike-friendly", meaning you can get everywhere you want to go on those two wheels. The enjoyable, mild climate of this part of Iowa helps to make the experience that much more enjoyable. Whether out for a solo cycle or going touring with the family, you'll be able to find your perfect ride. Helmets are also provided.

Watercraft Rentals

While staying overnight at Honey Creek Resort, guests are welcome to all sorts of activities, including summer's popular water sports. When you want to get out on the water, but don't want to get wet, a boat is the perfect answer to your needs. Luckily, you don't have to worry about packing your own. Guests are welcome to rent all sorts of equipment - from kayaks to standing paddle boards. Whether you're in it to paddle along, drop a fishing line, or simply cruise over the water, the perfect watercraft can be found for you. Daily rentals are available through the Resort from May through September. Boat and jet ski rentals are available for weekends in September through the beginning of October.


Holiday Events

In the midst of winter, guests often need a little help warming up. Honey Creek Resort has just the answer for some much-needed Holiday cheer. It's a great place to start a brand new tradition, with celebrations like Operation Santa in December and a family-friendly New Year's celebration to bring in every year right. All sorts of fun and festivities await, and these celebrations are a sure win with everyone.


While the campgrounds do not remain open all year round, the grounds themselves do not close down. Even in the midst of winter, this beautiful landscape is able to be enjoyed by the public. Many of the area's facilities remain open as well, including the Front Desk, where all sorts of outdoor equipment can be rented. This isn't just reserved for summer's canoes, kayaks, and bikes. This park even offers guests sleds. If weather permits, be sure to grab one.

Business Center Library

When the weather outside isn't quite so inviting, but you don't want to stay cooped up either, you can find a comfortable setting at Honey Creek Resort's Business Center. The center is a relaxing environment where guests can enjoy a few board games or find a book to read from the lending library. Curl up and have a little "you" time, either before or after the day's fun.


Another wonderful perk of parking at the Resort is the food. Guests won't have to worry about packing all their meals and snacks for this outing. The Rathbun Lakeshore Grill is a fantastic setting; casual, quaint, and comfortable. Whether you're in it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three, this place has your stomach's back. It's a dining experience you won't want to miss out on during your stay.

Indoor Water Park

No matter what the weather is outside, Honey Creek Resort's Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park has summertime fun; even during the chill of the off-seasons. After some time outside, enjoying the thousands of acres of the Resort, guests are welcome to come warm up and wind down in this festive setting. The Resort's RV guests receive a complimentary 4 wristbands with their stay for the water park. There's plenty to keep you busy here, with a two-story water slide, a hot tub, a lazy river to float along, and a pool. While here, guests are also welcome to a snack bar and an arcade. It's another great place for kids of all ages to get in some added fun.

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